Gracias Madre

•December 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago some friends invited my husband and me to dinner at Gracias Madre, a Mexican restaurant in the Mission that they had heard a lot of good things about. They reported that the food is organic and sustainable (my favorite foodie buzz words that will be repeated in this blog unabashedly) and more importantly, vegan. I had never been to a vegan restaurant before and wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. However, this is San Francisco, and in my year and a half in the city, I have only eaten one bad meal. So I trusted that the vegan food of San Francisco would be amazing. And it was. Continue reading ‘Gracias Madre’

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Cooking Classes

•December 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When I left college I thought I was a pretty good cook. I had a repertoire of Mid-West inspired meals at my fingertips that I grew up with: Spaghetti, Chili Pie, Quiche Lorraine, Teriyaki Chicken and Rice (my homage to Asia: no veggies, just chicken breast chunks, Yoshida’s and Uncle Ben’s 5 minute rice). Add to that the frozen meals from Trader Joe’s that I could quickly heat on the stove or in the microwave and you have a pretty good idea of what I would eat in a given week. Continue reading ‘Cooking Classes’

Thanksgiving in San Francisco: How to find the Turkey of your dreams

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This year, my husband and I decided to host our very first Thanksgiving Dinner together. We have friends and family driving into town for our meal and we really want them to see that San Francisco knows how to do Turkey Day right. So when I started looking for where I would buy our first turkey, I was surprised (which I should not have been) that there are a wealth of resources (similar to those you would use to find a pet or a mate) that San Franciscans can use to find the bird of their dreams. Continue reading ‘Thanksgiving in San Francisco: How to find the Turkey of your dreams’

Fig and Pig Pizza

•November 11, 2010 • 1 Comment

I would be remiss to continue on much further in this blog without sharing one of my favorite fig-based dishes. I first enjoyed a Fig and Pig Pizza at a wine tasting event at Buena Vista Carneros Winery just a few months after moving to San Francisco. A traditionalist, I hardly ever stray from my favorite, the pepperoni pizza. However, Fig and Pig Pizza is a delicious San Francisco taste adventure that is very simple to make at home. Buon appetito! Continue reading ‘Fig and Pig Pizza’

What is a CSA?

•November 6, 2010 • 2 Comments

I believe that the incredibly fresh and cleanly grown Northern Californian produce is a huge reason why cuisine in San Francisco is superior to all others. From the cilantro-laden tacos in the Mission to addictive tomato sauces of North Beach, fresh, organic, and seasonal produce is what makes our food unique. And what better way to personally gain access to our cornucopia of edible flora than with a CSA subscription?

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Figs on a Plate

•October 19, 2010 • 4 Comments

Almost a year ago, David Chang of Momofuku fame shocked the (Northern Californian) world by proclaiming, “every restaurant in San Francisco is just serving figs on a plate.” He challenged: “do something with your food.”

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